Salary for Machinists

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Also known as:  Automotive Machinist, CNC Machinist, Gear Machinist, Manual Lathe Machinist, Precision Machinist, Production Machinist, Tool Room Machinist helps find better paying jobs across all specialties and locations. Sign up in our career community today!

Machinists install, operate, tend, and test a wide variety of machines and tools to produce instruments and parts. This occupation can be dangerous because it involves the frequent usage of power tools. To be considered for this position, vocational schooling or related experience is usually required. Once hired, an employer usually formally trains a new employee for one to two years.

A Machinist can receive salaries ranging between $29,240 and $69,050 depending on tenure and industry expertise. can earn an average compensation of fourty-seven thousand eight hundred dollars each year.

can receive the highest pay in Alaska, where they receive a compensation of close to about $64,270. People in this job function are compensated the highest in Utilities, where they earn an average pay rate of $79,070.

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The annual compensation for this career has gone up since 2004. Salaries have increased by an average of 36.62 percent nationwide in that time.


Machinists tend to make the most in the following industries:

Public Administration
Transportation and Warehousing
Arts, Entertainment, and Recreation
Management of Companies and Enterprises
Educational Services

In general, they earn less within the industries below:

Administrative, Support and Waste Management Services
Retail Trade
Wholesale Trade
Other Services (except Public Administration)
Real Estate and Rental and Leasing